Bigger commitment to transit sought to accommodate BRAC growth

The Baltimore Transit Alliance (BTA), a regional coalition of business, civic and environmental organizations and foundations that is based at the Greater Baltimore Committee, is calling on state and county planners to place a stronger emphasis on public transit to address the transportation challenges created by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

Development of an expanded, fast, easy and reliable regional transit system is among the GBC’s top strategic priorities.

Estimates of new jobs coming to military facilities in Harford and Anne Arundel counties range as high as 35,000, and many families will relocate to the Baltimore region as a result.

Concerned that the state’s BRAC transportation strategy includes only modest investments in transit, the BTA is recommending a program of investments in MARC commuter rail services and enhancements to local bus programs in Harford and Anne Arundel counties, according to a policy statement published in the Sept. 8 BTA newsletter.

Recommended transit improvements include more MARC trains to and from Aberdeen; lengthening existing trains to provide more seats; increasing parking at existing stations; and studying additional stations in Harford County and Baltimore City.

The policy statement also calls for new bus services around Aberdeen Proving Ground and Ft. Meade, and well as programs to encourage carpooling.

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